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False impressions

Back in 1991, John O'Connor sat in the federal courtroom in Kansas City, Kan., listening to what seemed damning fingerprint evidence against his client.

The expert witness had examined a latent print, that is, one left on the getaway motorcycle by the bank robber, and had identified 10 points of similarity between the latent and a fingerprint taken from O'Connor's client, Jeffrey Jenkins.

But O'Connor had something many defense attorneys never even reach for: a pocketful of seeds of doubt.

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Fingerprints: Tips

Some fingerprint examiners aid defense attorneys by reviewing fingerprint evidence. For instance, when a defense attorney asks for help, Pat Wertheim sends a letter that, in part, requires the following: High-quality photos, scans or images on disk of all the ...

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Countering DNA

So you’re sitting in your law office, handling routine matters such as defending traffic tickets and drunken-driving charges, when you hear from a potential client with a doozy of a problem. He must explain where he was 15 years ago ...

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